B-K Motorsports Pumped Up for Home Race at Road America Saukville, Wis. -- Hot off an encouraging run at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, B-K Motorsports comes home to Road America for the Generac 500 Presented by Time Warner Cable, the seventh round of...
B-K Motorsports Pumped Up for Home Race at Road America
Saukville, Wis. -- Hot off an encouraging run at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, B-K Motorsports comes home to Road America for the Generac 500 Presented by Time Warner Cable, the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series season. The nearby Saukville, Wis.-based team will once again field its No. 8 BP Lola B07/46 Mazda for drivers Ben Devlin and Gerardo Bonilla, hoping to put their own mark on the LMP2 competition.
The 4.048-mile Road America circuit, located in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is one of America's classic road racing venues. Drivers often consider the fast and flowing 14-turn course the Nurburgring Nordschleife or Spa-Francorchamps of America. And out of all the races on the Series schedule, most look forward to Road America the most.
Saturday's four-hour race into the darkness will be particularly special for B-K Motorsports given its recent gain on the competition. At Mid-Ohio, the Mazda MZR-R-powered prototype ran race pace-matching lap times and looked to be on the way for a top finish. However, the car suffered a fluke fuel vent hose problem, costing Devlin and Bonilla precious laps in the pit lane. After a rather unlucky weekend at Mid-Ohio, Bonilla and the team are hoping to show the true potential of the Dunlop-shod car at Road America.
"I think everyone at B-K Motorsports is pretty anxious to get to Road America," Bonilla said. "Our pace at Mid-Ohio was very encouraging, only to be denied by a part that never breaks. Road America is another track that suits the BP Lola Mazda MZR-R well. Ben and I will be ready to give our best, as will the rest of the crew. As a driver, you learn something new every time you race. Although I've raced at Road America in other race cars, it will be great to learn what its like in the LMP2 with multiple classes on track."
Mazda will be well represented this weekend, as the brand will be supporting six of the seven series competing on track. In addition to B-K Motorsports' American Le Mans Series campaign, Mazda is also involved with the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National championship Presented by Mazda, Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship. No fewer than 150 drivers from around the world will be in Mazda-supported efforts this weekend, a testament to the strong level of support the brand provides to racers on all levels.
"Everyone at Mazda is looking forward to the Road America event," says John Doonan, Manager, Motorsports Team Development for Mazda. "Not only do we have nearly every racing series Mazda has in our Mazdaspeed Motorsports Ladder system competing, but we are at a facility where the BP Mazda has a chance to shine. We gained some good momentum at Mid-Ohio and hope we can continue the upward path up the results sheet in LMP2."
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